If you are reading this there is a good chance that you are experiencing some type of worry or anxiety in your life. This might be caused by work, financial issues, relationship problems, anticipation of a diagnosis, etc. There are so many aspects of life that can cause us to worry, it might even feel never ending. You might feel as though right when you start feeling at peace about one issue you turn around and there is something else getting thrown at you.
If you have ever encountered this feeling or are currently battling it, you know how exhausting and overwhelming worry can be. The good news is that worry can be stopped.¬† You don’t have to live a life of constant anticipation. There are ways that you can physically, mentally, and spiritually cope with life’s worries.
There are some physical actions that you can do when you are feeling an worried.
One is to go outside and move your body by doing some form of exercise. This could be walking your dog, lifting weights, or bike.¬† This will help your body release feel good chemicals called dopamine that will elevate your mood.¬† It will also give you a sense of accomplishment.¬† And even if it’s a small boost of feeling good that is better than letting anxiety torment you.
Another physical action you can do is focus on your senses. Find 5 things you can touch, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
Becoming aware of your breathing is also a good one. When you start to slow your breathing down it decreases both your heart rate and blood pressure. A decrease in those will result in reduced levels of stress hormones in the blood.¬† And that equals less worry.
Lastly, make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. ¬† Most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. This will help you think more clearly and elevate your mood as well.
There are ways that you can mentally challenge your anxious thoughts when you are feeling overwhelmed. One way to do that is talk to a trusted friend.¬† Someone who can validate your feelings, listen to you, and help bring logic into your emotional thought processes.¬† Another helpful tool is journaling.¬† This can give you an outlet to release all anxious thoughts and prioritize them.¬† Also, finding a therapist that is a good fit for you can help you learn different ways to identify and work through the issues that contribute to your anxiety.
When you are experiencing anxious thoughts, God wants to be there for you. He wants to hear your frustration, confusion, and fears. He wants all of you.
Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Giving your trust to the Lord and knowing that His plan is GOOD, can help release the fear and control that you are trying to have over the outcomes of your life.
If you found this helpful and want to move forward to heal and explore what your best next steps are then we are here for you.¬† At New Vision Counseling and Consulting we have a team of therapists trained to walk with you through the pain and help you heal and make sense of what to do next.¬† You don‚Äôt need to walk this path alone because we are here to help.¬† You can reach us at (405) 921-7776 or go to our website at NewVisionCounseilng.org to learn more about how we can best help you.